LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — A Louisiana mother has written a brutally honest obituary for her 22-year-old son who died of a drug overdose.
Hunter Lee Clemons died Feb. 10 after a battle with addiction. His mother, Christy Couvillier, said she had no doubts she would put the circumstances of her son’s death in her obituary.
“Silence would mean Hunter’s death was in vain, but if a person’s life is saved by their story, we would tell it a million times over. We know the pain of their suffering. We know the pain of our own suffering as his family, and we know there are hundreds of other people here in our community who are suffering as drug addicts or as loved ones,” Couvillier said.
Hunter, who was born in Jacksonville, Fla., grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, and overdosed at age 19 with heroin laced with fentanyl, according to the obituary.
“Drugs offered Hunter an escape from the demons he faced throughout his life,” Couvillier wrote.
After his first overdose, Clemons was put on life support for four days and then completed rehab, his mother said.
A few years later, on February 10, 2022, he was found face down in his bed.
Hunter’s mother wants it to be perfectly clear how her son’s life ended so prematurely.
“Speaking the truth (regardless of the circumstances) surrounding the drug use epidemic can mean the difference between life and death for someone. In honor of Hunter’s life, we ask that the truth be told about this epidemic and that awareness is raised.
She said Hunter started using again without her knowledge. On the morning of his death, he had taken a pill on getting up to go to work, had begun to feel unwell, had dropped his lunch on the floor, had fallen asleep face down in bed, and had not never woke up.
His roommate found him several hours later, she said.
“Even if you’re just a social drug user, it only takes one time. If you don’t stop using, you need to start testing your drugs and saving your life until you’re ready to get clean,” Couvillier said.
Hunter worked and enjoyed fishing in his spare time, his family said. Despite his ongoing struggles, he remained kind, funny, charismatic, selfless, loyal and always tried to find the positive in any situation, his mother wrote.
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